Summer 2017 Irish Releases and Transfers
The current UK transfer window officially commenced on Monday the 3rd July 2017 and is set to conclude at 11pm on Thursday the 31st August 2017. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the current transfer list is the £5 million transfer of Darren Randolph from West Ham United to Middlesbrough followed by the £3 million move of Jonathan Walters from Stoke City to Burnley. Glenn Whelan has moved to Aston Villa from Stoke City for a fee reported to be £1 million. Aiden McGeady has joined Sunderland from Everton where he links up again with new manager Simon Grayson, for whom he had a successful loan period at Preston North End last season while Cyrus Christie has joined Middlesbrough from Derby County for an undisclosed fee. Daryl Murphy has joined Nottingham Forest from Newcastle United for a fee reported to be £2 million. An interesting fact is the signing of five Irish players, Stephen Dawson, Joe Murphy, Eoghan O'Connell, Jay O'Shea and Callum Reilly by League One side Bury, who are managed by Lee Clark. League Two side Cambridge United also seem to fancy a bit of Irish with new signings Gary Deegan, David Forde and Emmanuel Osadebe joining Jake Carroll and Gerry McDonagh at the Abbey Stadium.
Shelbourne Ladies set to commence UEFA Qualifiers...22/08/2017
Shelbourne Ladies have journied to Belfast where they will compete in Qualifying Group Four of the Women's UEFA Champions League. Shelbourne kick-off their challenge against KKPK Medyk Konin of Poland at 2pm tomorrow, Tuesday the 22nd August in Seaview, the home of Crusaders FC while PK-35 Vantaa of Finland will meet hosts Linfield Ladies at 7.30pm at the same venue. Shelbourne will then face PK-35 Vantaa at 7.30pm on Friday the 25th August before completing their campaign against Linfield Ladies at 4pm on Monday the 28th August 2017.
Carabao Cup round two contests set for Tuesday...22/08/2017
The second round in the Carabao Cup (Formerly the Football League Cup) commences on Tuesday evening with many clubs expected to utilise their full squads and rest some first choice players. Opportunity may arise for some of our Irish players on the fringes at their various clubs.
Airtricity League action on Monday evening...21/08/2017
Following their shock home defeat on Friday, Cork City resumed their Airtricity League Premier Division campaign with a visit to Donegal where they scored the only goal to deferat hosts Finn Harps, who find themselves embrolied in the battle to avoid relegation at the foot of the table.
World University Games continue in Taipei...21/08/2017
Our male team played their second contest in Qualifying Pool A at the 2017 World University Games on the island of Taipei at 12.30pm (Irish time) on Monday afternoon when they went down to a one nil defeat by Mexico, three nil victors over the hosts in their opening group fixture.
Premiership action on Sunday afternoon...20/08/2017
The Premiership continued on Sunday afternoon with promoted sides Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United meeting in the early kick-off at the John Smith's Stadium. The visiting 'Magpies' had Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven as they went down to a one nil defeat.
Airtricity League contests this weekend...20/08/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Saturday evening with Limerick securing a one nil victory over Bohemian in the Markets Field while the First Division Midlands Derby saw hosts Longford Town crush neighbours Athlone Town by seven goals to one. The Premier Division continued on Sunday afternoon with Derry City going down to a crushing four nil defeat at home to Dundalk in Maginn Park.
World University Games continue in Taipei...20/08/2017
Our student women went down to a one nil defeat by favourites Canada in their second Pool B contest at the 2017 World University Games on the island of Taipei this Sunday morning. Ireland must now await the outcome of Tuesday's contest between Canada and Mexico to determine their fate.
Saturday afternoon Premiership action...19/08/2017
Harry Arter continued his midfield role for AFC Bournemouth who went down to a two nil home defeat by Watford in the Premiership on Saturday afternoon. Burnley included Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Jon Walters replacing Brady for the final fifteen mionutes of their one nil defeat by visitors West Bromwich Albion for whom James McClean was substituted just after the hour mark. Shane Duffy was in the Brighton & Hove Albion side which went down to a two nil defeat at Leicester City. Shane Long was introduced for the final ten minutes of Southanpton's three two defeat of visitors o West Ham United who included teenager Declan Rice in their starting eleven.
The Championship on Saturday afternoon...19/08/2017
Struggling Aston Villa defeated visitors Norwich City by four goals to two with with Conor Hourihane scoring a hat-trick from midfield. Glenn Whelan also started for the victors while Scott Hogan was an unused substitute. Wes Hoolihan was introduced for the final twenty minutes by the 'Canaries'. Bolton Wanderers included loanee Josh Cullen in their starting eleven in their two one defeat by visitors Derby County for whom Richard Keogh started with Alex Pearce an unused substitute. Daryl Murphy scored the penalty which enabled Nottingham Forest to defeat visitors Middlesbrough who had Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie in their starting eleven. Sean Maguire was the only Irish starter for Preston North End in their one nil success over Reading who had Paul McShane and Liam Kelly in their starting eleven. The late kick-off saw Aiden McGeady start for Sunderland with John O'Shea and Darron Gibson unused substitutes while Eunan O'Kane started for visitors Leeds United, who won by two goals to nil, with Conor Shaughnessy another unused substitute.
Airtricity League contests this Friday evening...17/08/2017
Airtricity League Premier Division champions elect Cork City went down to a shock one nil home defeat by beleaguered Sligo Rovers in front of the live RTE 2 cameras this Friday evening. Bray Wanderers defeated Drogheda United by two goals to one in the Carlisle Grounds while Galway United went down to a two one defeat by Shamrock Rovers in Eamonn Deacy Park. St Patrick's Athletic eased their relegation fears with a comprehensive four nil victory over Finn Harps in Richmond Park.
World University Games commence in Taipei...17/08/2017
The island of Taipei, off the coast of China, hosts the 2017 World University Games with both our men and women in football action. Our women kicked-off their Pool B challenge with a scoreless draw against Mexico this morning while the men also played out a scoreless draw with France in Pool A early this afternoon. In the three team group, our women will now meet Canada on Sunday, again at 9am while the men take on Mexico at 12.30pm on Monday afternoon before completing their Pool contests against the hosts on Wednesday.
IRN Bru Challenge Cup round two draw made today...17/08/2017
The draw for the second round of the IRN Bru Challenge Cup was made today and sees our Airtricity League representatives, Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers drawn to face Elgin City and Falkirk respectively. The matches are scheduled for the week ending 3 September with Bray travelling to the northern outpost of Scottish League Two side Elgin while Sligo Rovers play host to Scottish Championship side Falkirk.
More Championship action on Wednesday evening...16/08/2017
Wes Hoolihan returned for a Championship starting role when his Norwich City defeated Queens Park Rangers by two goals to nil at Carrow Road on Wednesday evening. Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood encountered some familiar faces when visitors Sunderland played out a one all draw at Hillsborough with Aiden McGeady, who started, John O'Shea and late substitute Darron Gibson in the 'Makems' squad.
Another busy Tuesday evening in the Championship...15/08/2017
The hectic Championship schedule continued on Tuesday evening with Barnsley defeating Nottingham Forest by two goals to one, with Daryl Murphy scoring the losers goal. Derby County (Richard Keogh) secured a one nil victory over visitors Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan, Sean Maguire) while Hull City went down to a three two home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty). Late substitute David Meyler scored from the penalty spot for the 'Tigers'. Leeds United (Eunan O'Kane, Conor Shaughnessy) were held to a scoreless draw by Fulham at Elland Road. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) secured a two nil victory at home to Burton Albion. Reading (Liam Kelly, Paul McShane) defeated visitors Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan, Scott Hogan) by two goals to one at the Madejski Stadium. Martin O'Neill yesterday confirmed that striker Hogan, who qualifies through three grandparents, had been in contact and is in the process of obtaining his Irish passport. With O'Neill in attendance this evening, Hogan suffered an early injury forcing his withdrawal. Whelan conceded an own goal while Hourihane scored the late consolation for the vanquished Villa.